Originally Posted by bardamu
I view fascism as war culture. It comes forth as response to outside threat. It is beautiful in the way the military and war are beautiful but as such has its limits.
Martial attitude and warlike conditions are indeed indispensable ingredients of Fascism. It cannot flourish in a mellow peaceful atmosphere.
As I said elsewhere:
And as for Chile, we can see the familiar depressing pattern: when people no longer fear danger, they want to relax and hedonistically enjoy the fruits of security, not feeling gratitude to Pinochet for saving them from Communist chaos and oppression. Rudyard Kipling pithily noted this practically universal phenomenon:
In times of war and not before,
This is the essence of decadent Leftism - scorning God and martial people, and thinking that unlimited resources and full security are here to stay, and therefore we no longer need those grim and demanding patriarchal figures (beginning with Heavenly Father) to order us around.
God and the soldier we adore.
But in times of peace and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.
One thing that genuinely connects fundamentalist Christianity and Fascism is the aversion to the ideal of peaceful co-existence. Pious Christians are supposed to be in spiritual
warfare on every day of their earthly lives, struggling against sin and trying to destroy false gods, and history shows that sometimes this pugnacious attitude can slip into physical warfare as well.
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth"